IAF Hits Gaza Strip After Terrorists’ Rocket Launch

YERUSHALAYIM (Reuters) -

Israeli aircraft struck terrorist targets in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip early on Thursday after a rocket from the coastal territory landed in southern Israel, the Israeli military said.

No damage or injuries were reported in Israel after warning sirens sounded and the rocket struck open ground near the city of Ashkelon before dawn, the army said.

A passerby was lightly hurt in the Gaza Strip, according to residents.

Rocket launchings have become an almost weekly occurrence from the Gaza Strip recently, but no group took immediate responsibility for the attack.

“The repeated rocket fire at Israel … is a deliberate decision to target civilians. No person should live under the threat of terrorism,” Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lerner said in a statement.

A group that sympathizes with al Qaida, who are defying Hamas, has been blamed for other recent strikes.